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Melting Glaciers Liberate Ancient Microbes

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The release of life forms in cold storage for eons raises new concerns about the impacts of climate change.

Locked in frozen vaults on Antarctica and Greenland, a lost world of ancient creatures awaits another chance at life. Like a time-capsule from the distant past, the polar ice sheets offer a glimpse of tiny organisms that may have been trapped there longer than modern humans have walked the planet, biding their time until conditions change and set them free again.

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